Co-Founder and CEO, Iroquois Valley Farms
David Miller '75 (left) is pictured with his business partner Dr. Stephen Rivard
Rooted by heritage in Iroquois County, Illinois, David Miller returned to his native farming community in 2005 after a 30 year career in banking and real estate financial management. Purchasing a small 10-acre family farmstead, he re-connected with local relatives farming organically. In 2007 he started Iroquois Valley Farms LLC by connecting a small group of family and friends to a 142-acre farm.
Prior to seeding sustainable farmland ventures, Miller held executive positions at Bank of America, Santa Fe Southern Pacific and First Chicago Corporation. His extensive experience in structuring alternative real estate investments led to the formation of Iroquois Valley Farms, the first private company in the United States to integrate farmland and organic food production, utilizing mostly mid-size family farmers.
An MBA graduate of Columbia University’s School of Business and 1975 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Miller views education as the primary key to changing the nature and health of our current food production system. In this regard, Miller is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Loyola and was recently honored by Loyola (Damen Award) for distinguished services in the field of environmental sustainability. He resides nearby in Winnetka, Illinois along with his wife and three children.